villeinage

Definitions of villeinage
  1. noun
    the legal status or condition of servitude of a villein or feudal serf
    synonyms: villainage
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    type of:
    legal status
    a status defined by law
    servitude
    state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment
  2. noun
    tenure by which a villein held land
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    type of:
    land tenure, tenure
    the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands
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